We are excited to welcome you to Spencer Research Library. Please note that our hours have changed and that the Reading Room is open by appointment only. Learn more about what to expect in Spencer and in other KU library locations during the 2020-2021 academic year.


Net Ball, 1916. Call Number: RG 66/20/18

Net Ball, 1916
Call Number: RG 66/20/18

The athletic tradition at KU is long and inevitably a part of the University’s history. Our collection documents the legendary coaches and athletes, and lesser known individuals, as well as fans. You can also search for student athletes, teams, and coaches in the Kansas Athletics' Student-Athlete Database (requires Google Chrome).

Materials include:

  • Photographs of teams, games, players and fans
  • Film and videotape go back as far as the 1929 KU – K-State football game
  • Media guides
  • Programs
  • News releases
  • Clippings
  • Online Exhibits 

Select footage of athletic events is now available in the KU Libraries Video Archives. Footage of KU basketball, football, and women's athletic events can now also be searched in the KU Libraries online catalog. You will need to do an advanced search on the phrase "University of Kansas [sport]." The opponent can be added to the search as well to limit the number of results. This footage is stored off-site at the Library Annex and requires several days for retrieval. Please contact Public Services for information regarding this and footage of other sporting events. 


Rebecca Schulte
University Archivist

Molly Herring
Associate Archivist


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